Last weekend I went to a lovely party and my friend Karl brought a most scrumptious goat cheese dip buzzing with oregano and garlic deliciousness. It was the perfect cheese dip/spread, the fresher-far-more-amazing version of Rondele Garlic & Herb Cheese Spread from my childhood.
It was so incredible I asked for his recipe and decided to make it this weekend. I went to Trader Joe's to get the ingredients and ran into the Pita Crisps with Cranberries & Pumpkin Seeds and was immediately inspired on a twist to Karl's dip specifically designed to got with these Crisps.
Pumpkin Goat Cheese Dip
- 1 11 oz. package of Trader Joe's SIlver Goat Chevre
- 2 Garlic Cloves, minced
- 3 Tablespoons Thyme, minced
- 3 Tablespoons chopped Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds (or regular ones if you can't find sprouted ones)
- Drizzle of Olive Oil
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Put goat cheese in the microwave for 10-20 seconds to soften. Mix in all the rest of the ingredients. Decorate with a few whole pumpkin seeds. I served with a few different kinds of crackers and carrots, but the Cranberry/Pumpkin Crisps with their sweetness against the savory garlicky dip is pretty awesome.
Karl Hamann's Goat Cheese Spread
- 1 8 oz. package goat cheese
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, minced
- ½ teaspoon fresh ground pepper (+ more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Microwave the goat cheese in a small bowl until it warms up and softens. Add garlic, herbs, pepper, and one tablespoon olive oil. Whip ingredients together until creamy.
Add more olive oil if necessary – mixture should be nice and creamy.
You can add more garlic and more pepper to taste. Best served warm with toasted slices of fresh baguette.